'''Vyasa''' (), literally "Compiler") is a central and revered figure in most Hinduism|Hindu
traditions. He is also sometimes called '''Veda Vyāsa''' (वेदव्यास, ''veda-vyāsa'', "the one who classified the Vedas
") or '''Krishna Dvaipāyana''' (referring to his complexion and birthplace). He is generally considered the author of the ''Mahabharata
'', as well as a character in it. He is considered to be the scribe of both the Vedas and Puranas
. Vyasa is also considered to be one of the seven Chiranjivins
(long lived, or immortals), who are still in existence according to Hindu belief.
According to the ''Vishnu Purana
'', "Veda Vyasa" is a title applied to the compilers of the Vedas who are avatar
s of Vishnu; 28 people with this title have appeared so far.
The festival of ''Guru Purnima
'' is dedicated to him. It is also known as ''Vyasa Purnima'', for it is the day believed to be both his...